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Holiday Cheers! The Beltline Update H1N1 Influenza: What To Know Wii vs. The Gym Hip Holiday Recipes ‘Cougar’ Hunters Atlanta Celebrities Travel: Chilling or Tanning?

November/December 2009

November/December 2009

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Holiday Issue

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Connect Events

Cougar Hunters We heard from the ‘cougar’ in the last issue. Now it’s the cougar hunter’s turn.

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Letters from the Publisher and Editor

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What’s up with the Beltline? Here’s an update on the Beltline, the benefits and when it’s scheduled to start running.

12 Health

H1N1 Influenza: What to know Oh no, it’s flu season! Here’s some useful information on the 2009 H1N1 Influenza outbreak.

Introducing ‘The Real’ Dwight Eubanks Atlanta’s celebrity stylist, entrepreneur and reality star Dwight Eubanks keeps it real.

24 Connect with…Suchita Vadlamani

Fox 5 Morning News and Good Day Atlanta host Suchita Vadlamani loves being a gourmand.

25 Connect with…Beau King

Developer Kimbrough “Beau” King talks about Atlanta and his properties including Midtown’s Hotel Palomar.

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Escape to the Caribbean responsibly Support a ‘green’ destination like Aruba’s Bucuti Resort in the Caribbean on your next vacation.

Wii vs. The Gym The popular Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit go heads-up with going to the gym. Let’s weigh some factors. Holiday Cheers! Atlanta’s top mixologists give us recipes to shake (and stir) up the holidays.

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The SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale Bread is on the rise and Atlanta Brewing Company now tours on Saturdays.

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The Chef’s Table: ‘Dishing’ you and yours Executive Chefs from Parish, Canoe and The Pecan provide a few innovative ideas and secret recipes to give the holidays some flavor. 2 | connect atlanta

The Big Chill: Sweden’s ICEHOTEL This is how you chill out to the highest… err, lowest degree.

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The Penny Squeeze How to save money and look good doing it. Ring in the holiday season with the perfect look Mix and match. Add your flair. Here are a few costeffective tips for the ladies during the winter months.

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Top Ten things to do in the Arts Connect continues to be an avid supporter of the arts and culture scene Atlanta. Here is what’s happening.

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Tanjuria Anderson Publisher ---------------------------------------------------Editor Dennis Malcolm Byron Contributing Writers Andrea Janise Ale Sharpton Mary Welch Mya Monroe Creative Director Larmarrous Shirley Photographers Richard Hardy Chris Hornaday Business Development Manger Gregory Willis 931 Monroe Drive Suite 102-498 Atlanta, GA 30308 404.671.9382 For Advertising Rates, please email 2009 Advisory Board B. Janine Anthony – The Edge Connection Michelle Bradley – Atlanta Marriott Downtown Karla Sinclair – Atlanta Daybook Kristi Eckerson – Emory University Michael Montgomery – Mutual of Omaha Rosemary Jones – Turner Broadcasting Systems Mike Iverson - Trillium Financial Maureen Streett – What’s Up Interactive Tia Jakes - TwoSquared Management Jack Kirivong – Atom Concrete Lee Breedlove – Breedlove & Lassiter Connect Magazine is published four times each year by TCC Publications, a subsidiary of TCC INC. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff or writers of Connect Magazine. Letters, photos and unsolicited manuscripts sent to Connect Magazine will become property of TCC Publications and may be published at our discretion without compensation. 2009. All rights reserved.

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publisher’s note Happy Holidays Connect Family! The season of reflection is upon us. The year of 2009 has been tumultuous for many of us. Connect Magazine is no different, but through your support we are determined to keep moving ahead and provide you with insightful articles and useful information. This issue is filled with crafty holiday recipes, some of Atlanta’s top celebrities, movers and shakers, delectable recipes from top chefs and mixologists representing Georgia’s capital and so much more. We hope that you continue to support Connect Magazine and use it as your lifestyle resource. Be Connected, Tanjuria Anderson Publisher

from the editor’s desk Happy Holidays! This certainly has been, shall we say, an eventful 2009 to say the least. Through it all, however, we persevered and now look forward to a more prosperous and rewarding 2010. This edition of Connect’s main priority is to bring in the New Year with the best our great city of Atlanta has to offer in fashion, entertainment, real estate, dining, health and technology to name a few. I personally love this issue because we stuffed it like a stocking with loadsoffunreadsincludinggastronomicallyliveninguptheholidays, working it out with the Wii and visit the wild with “cougar” hunters. We also Connected with some of Atlanta’s most eccentric, talented and influential personalities like the always styling Dwight Eubanks, Fox 5’s lovely Suchita Vadlamani and developer Beau King. And as much as we all love the ATL, it wouldn’t hurt to get out of town for a few days and chill at Sweden’s ICEHOTEL or soak in some sun “responsibly” at Aruba’s Bucuti Resort. So enjoy, get your “woosah” on and prepare for 2010. We trust Connect will help with your transition to a Happy New Year! Peace and love, Dennis Malcolm Byron Editor

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entertainment calendar For more events, please visit Horseback Riding (Trail/Pony/Groups) Lake Lanier – The Stables Equestrian Center 11/1/2009-12/20/2009 Horseback riding daily, Children must be 7 years-old and 48 inches tall to ride on the trail. 7th Annual Wild Game, Mushroom & Red Wine Festival Wolf Mountain Vineyard 11/1-29/2009 Tickets: $30 plus tax & gratuity Enjoy a sampling of Wild Game Chili, Grilled Quail, Chicken Coupage, Venison Sausage and Exotic Mushroom Strudel, created to compliment our uniquely blended Red Wines, available by the glass or bottle. $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating starts at 12:30 and 2:30pm. Advance reservations required for all food service events. Call 706-867-9862 The Second City: Peach Drop, Stop and Roll Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage 11/6/2009-12/13/2009 Tickets: $30-$40 The invigorating comic genius of Chicago’s Second City is here to skewer Atlanta’s favorite sacred cows and pink pigs. Johnny Mercer Centennial Celebration Event featuring Joe Gransden and Special Guest Rialto Center for the Arts 11/14/2009 Tickets: $25-$51 The celebration of Johnny Mercer’s life’s work featuring smoky-voiced special guest and Georgia native Lizz Wright, alongside vocalist and renowned trumpeter Joe Gransden with the Georgia State University Jazz Band. 11th Annual German-French-Swiss Wine Tasting Saturday German Cultural Center 11/14/2009 Tickets: $30-45 Enjoy the 11th annual wine tasting event in cooperation with the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Alliance Française d’Atlanta. Explore the fine wines of Germany, France and Switzerland.

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15th Annual Inman Park Studio 106 Holiday Artist Sale Little Five Points Community Center 11/14-15/2009 Tickets: Free Browse the working artist studio featuring five artists, paintings, functional clay works, home decor, jewelry, kitchen and entertaining accessories, soaps/lotions and holiday gift ideas. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House 11/14/2009 – 12/6/2009 Tickets: $20 The 2009 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House,1795 W. Wesley Road, Atlanta, GA., to benefit the Alliance Children’s Theatre is a must-see Designer Show House. Holiday in Lights Centennial Olympic Park 11/14/2009 – 1/3/2010 Tickets: Free Park transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights that make up the dazzling display. Different and unique every year, Holiday in Lights runs through the first week of January. Stone Mountain Christmas Stone Mountain Park 11/14 – 12/30/2009 Tickets: $10-$26 Within the glow of more than two million twinkling lights, you can watch live entertainment, engage in fun attractions and reconnect with friends and family during this special time of year. 14th Annual High Arts Day Saks Fifth Avenue 11/16/2009 High Arts Day is a fundraiser presented by Art Partners, the social and volunteer organization at the High. The day’s events will include a reception and private shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, a luncheon at the High, home tours, exhibition tours, a trunk show and a sculpture auction. Atlanta Symphony Ball 2009 St. Regis Atlanta 11/21/2009 Tickets: $125 The evening’s festivities will include an elegant dinner

in the St. Regis Atlanta’s Astor Ballroom, a special performance by Wynton Marsalis and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and desserts and cocktails while dancing to the sounds of the band Anita. Queen Latifah Center Stage Atlanta 11/21/2009 Tickets: $35 Queen Collection presents Queen Latifah! 2009 Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon Turner Field 11/26/2009 The Atlanta Marathon on Thanksgiving Day is also the only U.S. marathon run on an Olympic course– approximately 90 percent of the course is the same as that run by the world’s best at the Atlanta Games in 1996. Runners pass under the Olympic Rings on their way to the finish line, an exhilarating end to a challenging event. Guy Fieri Road show Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center 11/23/2009 Tickets: $23.00 - $248.00 plus fees Guy Fieri, star of three Food Network shows, will feature a local celebrated chef and then Guy will take center stage with an unscripted and wildly entertaining performance, complete with interactive cooking stations, demos, behind the scenes stories from the road and more. Raphael Saadiq Center Stage Atlanta 11/30/2009 Tickets: $35 Soulful crooner Raphael Saadiq performs with Janelle Monae and Anjulie. Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 12/1-6/2009 Tickets: $15-$60 Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have... (mystery chords!) Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Broadway’s thrilling comedy smash! The mind-blowing cast of

four plays over 150 characters in this fast-paced tale of an ordinary man on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure. Jazz Ladies Woodruff Arts Center – Rich Auditorium 12/5/2009 Tickets: $6-$7 A compilation of great vintage jazz shorts from the collection of Jo Milgram (1916 – 2005), a French jazz enthusiast who became friends with many American musicians who passed through Paris during the 1930s and thereafter. Dance in Paris features performances by Valaida Snow, Dorothy Dandridge, Sarah Vaughan, Tessie Maize, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and many other equally stellar talents. Teaching Kwanzaa to Your Child Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Margaret Mitchell Branch 12/12/2009 Tickets: Free In this workshop, participants will learn how to apply arts-based character building and teacher-developed hands-on activities to Kwanzaa principles throughout the year– at work, at home and at play. Chateau Elan Wine Tours Chateau Elan Winery and Resort Through 12/19/2009 Tickets: $5-$18 Chateau Elan offers a range of winery tours and tastings. The tour includes five samples of wine in a souvenir wine glass. Martini Mondays Mansion on Peachtree Through 1/18/2010 Tickets: Free Atlanta Thrashers vs. L.A. Kings Philips Arena 11/13/2009 Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat Philips Arena 11/18/2009

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What’s up with the Beltline? By Andrea Janise With so many newsworthy topics surfacing throughout Atlanta by the second, there are committed professionals consistently working to ensure that the community is fully aware of how the Beltline is coming along. Especially addressing the recent influx of first time homebuyers and others moving back into the city limits, it’s time for a refresher. Let’s find out exactly what the Beltline is all about. What is the Beltline? The Beltline is 22 miles of light rail transit that will connect Atlanta’s surrounding communities and provide easy access to local attractions. Working collaboratively with MARTA, the one-of-a-kind transportation system will enhance the existing bus/ rail system while creating over 1,300 acres of parks, trails and green space complemented with decorative art, murals and sculptures to enjoy. What are the benefits of the Beltline? The Beltline will bring economic growth, lively neighborhoods and a treasured alternative to the infamous Atlanta traffic. In fact, with the convenience of the Beltline’s new connecting sidewalks and bike trails, more people can opt to not even own a car. In addition to reducing air pollution, the proposed Beltline will create thousands of new jobs for Atlantans and will provide a much needed adrenaline shot to underdeveloped areas. By 10 | connect atlanta

increasing access to many intricate neighborhoods, Atlanta’s downtrodden wards and industrial districts will have new opportunities for revitalization. When will the Beltline be up and running? Although not scheduled to be fully complete until 2030, the Beltline has actually already begun to take shape. Plans are in place, land and rails are being acquired, greenspace and parks are developing in several intown Atlanta communities and the first functioning section of the rail system is scheduled to be erect in the next five years. For more information, to schedule a free tour of the Beltline, donate or volunteer, visit

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health 2009 H1N1 Influenza: What to Know By Shasha Greene

The 2009 H1N1 Influenza outbreak is the first pandemic in about 40 years and President Barack Obama has declared it a national epidemic on Oct. 24. As of September 27th, over 340,000 laboratory confirmed cases and over 4000 deaths from nearly 200 countries and territories were reported to the World Health Organization. However, after a few months the United States and other countries discontinued reporting of individual cases due to widespread infection. Many infected persons were never tested and the case counts became an increasingly inaccurate and under-estimated burden of disease. Some infected people do not present any symptoms. Those that do may vary and could include any of the following: • Fever • Cough • Sore throat • Body aches • Fatigue • Headaches • Chills • Fever • Runny nose • Vomiting • Diarrhea 2009 H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza In the United States alone, about 36,000 people die from seasonal influenza-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal influenza related causes annually. While seasonal influenza typically has greater burden for elder persons, H1N1 seems to cause greater disease burden in people 12 | connect atlanta

younger than 25 years of age. Currently, there are few cases and deaths reported for people older than 64 years. Yet, pregnancy and other medical conditions typically associated with higher risk for complications with seasonal influenza are also associated with increased complications from this 2009 H1N1 influenza. These other medical conditions include: asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, kidney disease, neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders, and heart disease. What You Should Do • When coughing and sneezing, cover your nose and mouth (preferably with tissue, otherwise cough into elbow) • Wash hands regularly with soap and water; if not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer • Avoid touching nose or mouth • Avoid contact with sick people and if you are ill, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without use of fever reducers) Vaccination • For suspected and confirmed influenza cases, oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) is recommended. You will receive the most benefit from this treatment if received within 48 hours of illness onset. References Connect Magazine’s Web site, www., will be featuring another opinion regarding the 2009 H1N1 influenza. Please visit us online.

wellness Wii Fit Plus: Does virtual fitness work?

There are pros and cons to using a game system like the popular Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit at home compared to the traditional route of going to the gym. Let’s weigh some factors: First, the wallet needs to be considered. A gym membership, some new workout clothes (if you like to look good during your workout in public) and possibly a personal trainer vs. $199.99 for the Wii and $99.99 for Wii Fit Plus (a revision of the original Wii Fit game that allows user-created routines and activities) certainly makes you think twice. To help in deciding what works best for you physically, begin with doing the Wii “Body Test” which takes you through a set of activities to gauge your body’s performance. These tests will check your center of balance, body mass index, body control and your “Wii Fit Age” according to your balancetest results. You can document your progress by stamping the date on the calendar to keep track of your activity. When you are ready to get started on your Wii workout, you can select from several training modes including Yoga, Balance Games, Strength Training, Aerobics and Training Plus that

collectively include 15 new activities designed to give you a serious workout. If that’s not enough, the My Wii Fit Plus option allows you to customize and personalize your workout to suit your needs. From working a certain body part or toning your entire physique, there is the capability to program a specific regimen of activities just for you. There is also a calorie check that allows you to set goals like what it will take to burn off that devilish slice of cake you had last night. If you are new to exercise, Wii is a great way to start on the path of getting healthy. For the hardcore exercise buff, it would be a good way to supplement your workouts and treat your body to doing something innovative and different. Of course, there are some disadvantages to the Wii (see below), but whether you decide to go to the gym or advance to today’s technology, one thing is for certain: you will see positive physical results if you do it consistently.

For the Wii System… The Good •Can create your own workout routines •Most of the new balance games are fun •Great way to track your fitness progress •Will help improve your balance and strength The Bad •User routines limited to yoga and muscle activities •Multiplayer is limited to nine games •Balance board response can be a little sluggish

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drinks Gifts to sip for the holidays! By Dennis Malcolm Byron Eggnog with rum may be a classic sipper for the adults for the holidays, but as usual, Connect wants to shake (and stir) up the norms. Thanks to some of Atlanta’s top mixologists in revered eateries and bars, here are a few cocktail recipes. To add, Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits’ two locations (2161 Piedmont Road and 5877 Buford Highway) provide the ideal one stop to get all of the ingredients and a few of their own recipes that will certainly “deck the halls” like never before! Melting Pot’s Yin & Yang Martini Fondue is not the only thing patrons are flocking to The Melting Pot for. Using their signature Melting Pot Dark Chocolate and Melting Pot White chocolate, the creamy and picturesque delight called the Yin & Yang Martini is the perfect way to bring in a balanced New Year. 1 oz Stoli Vanil Vodka 1⁄2 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur 1⁄2 oz White Crème de Cacao 3 oz ice cream base Blend and garnish with dark chocolate shavings and contrasting chocolate wafers to form a “yin and yang” design Room at TWELVE’S Navan Carrot Cake Steven Kowalczuk, the head mixologist for Atlantic Station’s Room at TWELVE, is on a mission to spice things up during the winter months with his Spiced Navan Carrot Cake cocktail. 3/4oz. Captain Morgan 3/4oz. Navan Liqueur 3/4oz. Gingerbread Spice Liqueur 3/4oz. Fresh Carrot Juice [Carrots: peeled 14 | connect atlanta

and run through a juice extractor] Squeeze of Lemon Towering Drinks Featuring Karlsson’s Gold Potato Vodka, Tower cannot mix these winter sippers in their two stores but they can surely provide the ingredients so you can flaunt your mixing skills! Sugar & Spice 2 oz Karlsson’s Gold Potato Vodka 2 oz Pecan Praline Liqueur 1/2 oz Goldschlager Cinnamon Stick Silver & Gold 2 oz Apple Cider 2 oz Karlsson’s Gold Potato Vodka 1 oz Grand Marnier Cinnamon Stick Make sure you get the recipe for Village Tavern’s “Apple Pie Martini” and Ra Sushi’s “Christmas in Tokyo” cocktail online at For more Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits information, visit Happy Holidays! Inspired by the popular carol, Buckhead’s posh St. Regis Atlanta, Paces 88 and The Wine Bar will collectively feature their “Twelve Days of Christmas” cocktails that will be poured for the holiday season. From the “Drum Punch” (12 Drummers Drumming) – a blend of Vanilla Bacardi, Frangelico, half and half, chocolate syrup and a splash of raspberry – to the “Spicy Pear” (Partridge in a Pear Tree) mixed with Grey Goose La Poire, sour mix and Sauvignon Blanc, you have three different chic venues to try them all from December 1 to Christmas Eve for $12 each. Visit for all 12 recipes.

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Brew news in the ATL By Ale Sharpton Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewery continues to avoid treading the mainstream with their fantastic craft brewing, eccentric names for ales like the Dank Tank Wet Dream and Donkey Punch, and dedication to preserving the earth through numerous community benefits. Maintaining their reputation of keeping things fresh, SweetWater is on the rise…literally. Using their spent grains (barley) from the brewing remains of their most popular beer, the 420 Extra Pale Ale, SweetWater has teamed up with Whole Foods Market to create the SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale Bread. Baked at Whole Foods Market’s Bakehouse in Alpharetta, the SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale bread deliciously broadens the essence of the Midtown brewery’s well-balanced, hoppy flagship with a nutritious loaf of multi-grain goodness that’s now available in all Whole Foods stores throughout the Southeast. Steve Farace, Minister of Propaganda for SweetWater Brewing, said, “It seemed like a natural partnership – we make fantastic beer but we have leftover grains, so why not work with Whole Foods Market and see what we can come up with to make sure this tasty stuff finds a good home? The result is delicious and it’s all produced right here in Georgia!” “This is a great new bread for us and our bakers had a lot of fun developing a new recipe using SweetWater’s grains,”

Steve Schulte, South Region Bakery Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, added. “Partnering with a local brewery is something we’ve talked about doing for some time now, and the result is a hearty, delicious, local bread that’s perfect for fall dinners and tailgating parties.” With restaurants and pubs catering to the public demand for more beer and food pairings nationwide, SweetWater and Whole Foods took a step further and resourcefully combined the two with their SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale Bread. For more information, visit and

Brew news Since 1993, the award-winning Atlanta Brewing Company (ABC) has been keeping beer advocates happy one sip at a time. While I am certainly a big fan of their rich Double Chocolate Oatmeal Chocolate Porter (7.7% ABV) and soul warming Red Brick Winter Belgian-style dark ale (8.2% ABV), you can taste the rest of their well-crafted brews on-site (2323 DeFoor Hills Road, N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318) during the week and now on Saturdays starting November 7, 2009. For $8, you get a tour, a pint glass to keep and the opportunity to discover which ABC brewski gets top honors. Log on to for brewery tour hours.

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dining The Chef’s Table: ‘Dishing’ you and yours Revitalizing the holiday spirit one dish at a time Words by Dennis Malcom Byron Connect Magazine has asked three of Atlanta’s top chefs for a few innovative ideas and secret recipes for delectable dishes that will give this holiday season some new flavor and flare. “The holidays are all about abundance or, often, overabundance,” Chef Nick Melvin from Parish: Foods & Goods said. “Everyone wants and often feels the need to bring their favorite dish or pie. Unfortunately, what can happen is an overabundance of the same great dishes. So this year, why not be a little different? For example, in my hometown of New Orleans, we would always have a gorgeous turkey for Thanksgiving but instead of the classic roast, we would deep fry the turkey and serve it with a cool horseradish sauce.” And to cure the same ol’ dessert blues, Chef Nick has the perfect remedy. “Another example is instead of serving the same boring, but great pecan pie that grandmother made, why not just add some chocolate chips and Kentucky bourbon for an out-of-this-world Kentucky derby tart? The classics are the classics for a reason so instead of creating a new ‘wheel,’ just find a new way to use it!” While Chef Nick livens up traditional dishes, Canoe’s Executive Chef Carvel Grant Gould and Tony Morrow, executive chef and owner of The Pecan in College 16 | connect atlanta

Park, both unveiled a secret recipe for Connect readers who want to really break the mold of routine holiday fare. Chef Carvel Grant Gould’s African Squash Soup Atlanta’s Canoe restaurant is one of the most critically acclaimed fine dining establishments in Georgia and Executive Chef Carvel Grant Gould takes pride in constantly developing a delectable seasonal menu that uses only the freshest ingredients from local and national purveyors. Although Canoe’s upscale American fare features numerous gourmet dishes with seafood, lamb, pheasant and beef to name a few, Chef Carvel admits that her favorite food is “vegetable”— “fresh,” that is. Her answer to an unconventional, yet delicious dish for the holiday season is African Squash Soup crowned with Lime Cream as an option. Bon appétit! é étit! African Squash Soup 3 Medium African Squash – Split, Seeded and Diced 1 Onion Sweet, Medium- Diced 8 Garlic Cloves - Whole 1 Leek, White Only – Chopped ½ Stick Butter- Land O’ Lakes Unsalted 8 Cups Chicken Stock, Fresh Preferred 1 ¼ Cup Heavy Cream – Scalded*

1-2 Tbs. Maple Syrup, Pure Salt and Pepper (To Taste) Lime Cream- optional garnish (See Recipe) Toasted Pumpkin Seeds- Japanese Sauté garlic, onion and leek in butter until onion is translucent. Add squash and cover ingredients (plus one inch) with chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes then add heavy cream. (* Liquid heated just below boiling point) Puree mixture in blender until extremely smooth. Season to taste with salt, pepper and maple syrup. (You may need to adjust consistency with additional chicken stock.) Lime Cream 1/2-Cup Heavy Cream 1 Lime, Zest and Juice Pinch Salt and Pepper Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Season with lime zest and juice, salt and pepper to taste. Dollop on top of African Squash Soup and serve. Enjoy! Chef Tony Morrow’s Seafood Overboard Dipping Broth Executive Chef Tony Morrow’s fondness for the pecan and southern cuisine led to his creation of the successful, charming and contemporary restaurant, The Pecan, where Atlantans constantly flock to order everything from his Tybee Island Crab Cakes to the Oven Roasted Buttermilk Pecan Chicken. Chef Tony suggested his signature Seafood Overboard Dipping Broth to make the holidays more memorable.

Seafood Overboard Dipping Broth Serves Six 2 Quarts Chicken Broth 5 Cloves Garlic, Minced 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper 1 Teaspoon Celery Seed 1 Teaspoon Fennel Seed 1 Teaspoon Chili Pepper Flakes 1 Teaspoon Thyme 1 1/2 Tablespoons Rosemary 1 Cup Clam Juice 6 Tablespoons Tomato Paste 1 Cup Butter 1 Cup White Wine 1 Pound Shrimp (With Tails On) 1 Pound Lobster Tail (Large Dice) 1 Pound Mussels 1 Pound Scallops 1 Pound Snow Crab Claws 2 Loaves French Bread Place butter and minced garlic in a large pot on medium heat. Cook for two minutes. Do not brown!Add chicken broth, tomato paste and clam juice. Increase the heat to medium high. Mix in rosemary, thyme, black pepper, chili pepper, celery seed and fennel seed. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer one hour, stirring occasionally. Stir wine into the soup, and continue to simmer and occasionally stir two hours. Just before serving, stir in all seafood. Continue cooking three minutes, or until seafood is white. Serve with sliced crusty French bread. Drizzle with melted butter and use for dipping. A spoon is optional. Serves six.

Parish: Food & Goods Executive Chef Nick Melvin is hosting a themed cooking class series monthly at Inman Park’s Parish: Foods & Goods that focuses on New Orleans-inspired offerings throughout holiday season. Starting on November 10, aspiring culinary artists can learn how to make Pimento Cheese, Hickory “Smoked” Deviled Eggs and Curried Country Ham Salad during his “Southern Treats” session. His course will run through April 13, 2010. Visit and for more information.

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feature Cougar Hunters Connect has heard from the ‘cougar’ in the last issue. Now it’s the cougar hunter’s turn. Words and answers compiled by Mya Monroe It’s no mystery. Most men have always been attracted to older women now popularly known as “cougars” to some degree. School teachers, neighbors, their mother’s friends; no one was sacred from the secret crush. And for good reason. According to social anthropologist Helen E. Fisher, PhD, professor at Rutgers University and chief scientific advisor of, we are reminded that wants and needs can override the norms. “There are many things an older woman can offer a younger man…things he wants and even craves, that he simply can’t get from someone his own age,” Fisher explained. “Not only does this include the excitement of sexual experience and sexual confidence, but also the excitement of just being around someone who has achieved a certain level of experience and sophistication.” In the last issue of Connect, two cougars openly talked about dating younger men who were a minimum of 10 years younger. Turning the tables, a couple of young men who date cougars, Ryan and Mike, candidly shared their experiences and reasons for going the mature route. Discussing the advantages of dating cougars who were at least 12 years younger than them, Ryan started by saying, “They have experienced enough happiness and disappointment in life to know how to encourage a more positive relationship. They are more realistic

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about relationships and that is very important. Plus, older women are very much focused on enjoying life. Life is too short to spend your days unhappy with your relationships.” Mike agreed with Ryan. “They are past playing games, they understand who they are, what they want and can recognize when they get it,” he informed. “They are more aggressive and they are not afraid to let you know that they find you attractive. They know how to be sexy and they understand their bodies a lot better so the sexual experience is incredible.” With anything, there are always two sides to the coin. When asked what the drawbacks are from dating cougars, Ryan answered, “There can

be some challenges with relatability. In the early years of the relationship, there can be some synergies with music, social life, sexual expectations, etc., but in the later years, there is risk of incompatibility.” “Sometimes they may not be current on certain terms that younger people say,” Mike thought. “Also, if they have older or adult children, they may not approve of the relationship which could also be stressful.” After weighing the good and the bad, both Ryan and Mike sounded satisfied with dating cougars and were evidently enlightened from their experiences with them. “I’ve learned how to listen

to women,” Mike admitted. “I’ve also learned I don’t have to announce that I’m the man to be the man. They know how to let a man be a man.” Ryan concluded, “Honestly, I learned the value of a meaningful relationship from older women. Cougars are fun-loving women and they have a contagious level of energy, so cool conversation and a willingness to simply enjoy life is all you really need.” Be sure to read the entire interview with Ryan and Mike online at connectextra. com.

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feature Introducing ‘The Real’ Dwight Eubanks Atlanta’s celebrity styli stylist, entrepreneur and reality star Dwight Eubanks has a sit down with Connect Words by Tanjuria Anderson On a rainy afternoon in Atlanta, I sat inside The Purple Door Salon’s Greenbriar location waiting for its always flamboyant owner, Dwight Eubanks, to return from a radio station appearance. He walks over to me and, true to form, scopes me from head to toe. He opens my leather jacket and asks, “Is that a leather vest? Let me see.” I remove my jacket and he says, “Cute! I like your jewelry, nice tights, cute’re cute.” Whew! I passed his test and received this style guru’s stamp of approval! Dwight’s introduction to hair and makeup started backstage of fashion shows. Apprenticing at his godfather’s salon, the Roberts School of Cosmetology on Fairburn Road in Atlanta, he worked, oddly enough, on a truck delivering beauty supplies. Now he is a flourishing entrepreneur and celebrity who is world renowned. Besides owning two modish salons decorated with classic Victorian influences since 1990, Dwight is a frequent guest star on the popular Real Housewives of Atlanta television show. Always known to hold nothing back, Mr. Eubanks was more than happy to give Connect readers the scoop on everything from Chris Rock’s Good Hair to jokingly stopping himself from knocking off a lady in Europe for a great pair of shoes. Here is Dwight Eubanks... ...On Good Hair Eubanks was blunt when asked about Chris Rock’s latest movie, Good Hair: “I haven’t seen the movie, but I don’t like the title. Any hair that you have on your head 20 | connect atlanta

is good hair. It goes back to the stereotype of what’s good and bad. We have allowed white America to tell us what’s good and bad for us. We have to first learn to love and embrace who and what we are, whether we are light complexioned, have straight hair, curly hair or nappy hair. But you have to look at it from Chris Rock’s point of view. He’s a comedian so he is not going to take my profession as serious as I would.” ...On fashion Dwight’s mom was the youngest of 14 and was responsible for maintaining her sisters’ and brothers’ clothing including ironing their blue jeans. Because of this experience, none of her children ever wore denim pants which eventually birthed Dwight’s keen sense of style. Mr. Eubanks goes on to talk about how fashion doesn’t begin in America; it begins in Europe with designers like Galliano, Givenchy, Gaultier and Thierry Mugler. “That’s why I don’t live in Europe or New York because I would lose my mind. Honey, I would hit some little lady in the head for a pair of shoes. I can’t live without it.” ...On future endeavors Acknowledging his blessings, Dwight still mentions that there is a lot to be done and the list is endless. His dreams are to franchise Purple Door Salons all over the world, open a learning institution in Paris for beauty and makeup, launch his fashion line “The Tool Box Collection” and create business ventures in Dubai: “My Whitman’s smoking jackets and bath robes

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are like nothing you’ve ever seen.” Mr. Eubanks also plans on penning a book on his life: “There are some things I want to get out from my past life because I want to tell my story before anyone else tells it.” He aspires to open a gay and lesbian center geared towards getting teens off the streets as well. ...On favorite restaurants in Atlanta When talking with Dwight, you understand clearly that he loves to eat good food. Although he likes to grow a garden, he doesn’t want to eat what he plants because he gets attached to the vegetables. So instead, Dwight gets his eating fix at restaurants like The Pecan in College Park, Pleasant Peasant Bistro, Sweet Auburn Bread Company (he loves the amazing cakes) and Chocolate Pink, where he exclaimed, “The German Chocolate Cake and the Carrot Cake are to die for!” ...On relaxation R&R for Dwight is not doing anything: “I just sit on my sofa and eat fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, sweet potato pie and go from the couch to the refrigerator.” If he is not doing that, this globetrotter is traveling to some of his favorite destinations like Dubai, Paris or closer to home, like Nashville for its great history or Savannah for the seafood. ....On things you may not know about him Dwight definitely surprised me by announcing that he loves the outdoors. He likes to cut the grass, build things and do construction. He has a fondness for animals and particularly riding horses. “People don’t see that side of me,” Dwight revealed with a wink, proving that there is more to this Atlanta fashionista than what you see on the television. Be sure to visit Dwight Eubank’s two Purple Door locations. Log on to Purpledoorsalon. com on the Web for more information.

local celebrity Connect with...Fox 5’s Suchita Vadlamani Atlanta’s favorite ‘gourmand’ Words by Dennis Malcolm Byron Since 2002, the mission of the amiable Fox 5 Morning News and “Good Day Atlanta” host Suchita Vadlamani is to enlighten and prepare Atlantans every morning with charm, humor and reliable information. When she is not reporting up-to-the-minute news happening throughout Georgia’s capital to providing colorful commentary on pop culture with co-host Mark Hayes and crew, Suchita spends the rest of her time living life to fullest – especially when those moments include indulging in fine cuisine the selfproclaimed “gourmand” admits. Here are some things Ms. Vadlamani has to say about her memorable eating experiences during her show and around the ATL. Connect: Off the bat, there is always someone coming by Good Day Atlanta with something for you to taste. What’s the most memorable tasting? Suchita Vadlamani: We’ve been really lucky to meet so many different Atlanta chefs and sample from their menus on Good Day. One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had was when Michael Tuohy, formerly with Woodfire Grill, coaxed me into taking a bite out of a Vidalia onion as if it were an apple! I expected it to be overpowering, but it was actually good! No hot dates scheduled after that experiment, though. CM: What are some of your top Atlanta spots for eats? SV: Atlanta’s restaurant scene has exploded since I moved here almost eight years ago. I dig the hipster vibe of Top Flr, 24 | connect atlanta

the rustic and authentic style of Antico Pizza Napoletana and the swanky special occasion-feel of Quinones. My favorite go-to spot is definitely Rathbun’s, though. I can’t think of anything on the menu that isn’t spectacular! I especially love their tapas-style desserts...and the charred corn with Gouda is a spiritual experience. Take one bite and you’ll be a believer, trust me. CM: Where do you go for that authentic Indian cuisine that’s the real deal? SV: I go straight to Moksha on Old Roswell Road for my Indian food fix. The ambience and cuisine is beyond comparison. Some of my favorites are the Shrimp Manchurian (spicy and flavorful shrimp), the Lamb Saag (lamb in spinach) and Kori Gassi (South Indian style chicken curry). CM: Sounds good! Last, what’s that one dish you cannot live without? SV: To narrow down all the wonderful culinary experiences I’ve had to one favorite dish simply isn’t possible, but if I was in a ‘last meal’ type situation, I’d have to ask to be served Thanksgiving dinner. The whole nine: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, parsnips, gravy, fresh rolls, green beans, buttered carrots, squash casserole, pumpkin pie... all of it. I could eat this feast at least once a month and not get bored. I also love the food coma that inevitably ensues... some of the best sleep I’ve ever had! Be sure to brighten your mornings and catch Suchita Vadlamani on Fox 5 every weekday from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. for more information, visit

local celebrity Connect With… Beau King Words by Tanjuria Anderson The name may not ring a bell for you at first mention, but Connect is certain you’ve seen or visited at least one of Kimbrough “Beau” King’s Atlanta properties he has developed or managed. His Kim King real estate firm’s latest jaw-dropping project, Midtown’s Hotel Palomar, has opened with rave reviews and Beau has no intentions on slowing down when it comes to further developing Georgia’s capital. Let’s Connect with...Beau King! Connect Magazine: Metaphorically speaking in terms of commercial real estate and construction in today’s economic state, is the glass half empty or half full? Beau King: I am an optimist but I am also a realist and I think it is half empty because there is still a lot of pain to come in commercial real estate. That is a good thing because it will push a lot of opportunities for people who are able to take advantage of them and hopefully we will be in that group. I think there are still a lot of issues to work through, and until employment in this country starts picking up, it is going to be a rough road. CM: Name some of the building projects that have given you the greatest satisfaction. BK: Hotel Palomar is clearly number one. I think it is one of Atlanta’s finest. It’s one of the newest hotels built in Midtown in the past 20 years. If people have not been there, they need to really check it out. They have a great culture and the Kimpton

people (the parent company) are really friendly. I can’t really say enough good things about it. I also like the building referred to as Cyntergy, which is 750,000 square feet of class A office space and retail; the Mid City lofts, a condominium building we are very proud of here in Midtown; and a smaller project which was really fun that I enjoyed was Cumberland Point. CM: So what spots are you doing in Atlanta for R&R or fun? BK: I am a big fan of all the Buckhead Life Restaurants; I spend quite a bit of time at the patio at Hotel Palomar. That is a great outdoor area. On the weekends I like to go hunting, I ride motorcycles and I got a cute girlfriend so...(Laughs) CM: What makes you feel good about Atlanta? BK: I am tremendously proud of Atlanta. I think it is a great city. We have a great infrastructure. We have our share of problems but those are also opportunities we can work on. I think young people will continue to move to this city and hopefully we can continue making a positive impact on the skyline for years to come. Please log on to for the full interview and to find out more about Hotel Palomar online, visit

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travel Snow vs. Sand

The Big Chill: Sweden’s ICEHOTEL To truly start the New Year with innovation, take the popular phrase “chilling out” to the extreme, book a flight to Sweden and unpack your bags in an exotic hotel made entirely of ice and snow. This 2009-2010 winter season, the world renowned ICEHOTEL located in the far northern region of the Arctic Circle is celebrating its 20th anniversary and awaits your gutsy visit. Like so many other inventions in world history, the first ICEHOTEL was developed by fate. In 1989, an exhibition was created by Japanese ice artists in Jukkasjävi, Sweden. The following year, Jannot Derid from France used a cylindrical igloo in the same region to display his artistry. Due to no hotel vacancies in the area, visitors were permitted to sleep inside the ice structure using sleeping bags and skins of reindeer as makeshift beds. Now in its second decade of existence, the little town of Jukkasjävi continues to boast the world’s coolest destination, the ICEHOTEL. Confirming the validity of its title, everything in this hotel – from the beds to the cocktail glasses and plates holding exotic drinks and cuisine – are made of ice supplied by the nearby Torne River. While ICEHOTEL also provides warm lodging in rooms boasting Scandinavian décor, you can make it an annual dare to spend at least one night in the ice version that has climate-controlled unique suites (about 32 ºF) regardless of the outside temperature. This will truly be a once 26 | connect atlanta

in a lifetime experience since a new version is rebuilt and architected by the critically acclaimed designers from around the globe every winter season. So surprise a loved one (with the hidden agenda of using them to keep you warm) and book a flight, dogsled… whatever it takes so that you can brag to everyone you chilled out in Sweden at the ICEHOTEL.

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This is how you chill out to the highest… err, lowest degree. Words by Dennis Malcolm Byron

travel Escape to the Caribbean responsibly

Support a ‘green’ destination in the Caribbean on your next vacation With Old Man Winter ready to deliver his wrath, buying a plane ticket or booking a cruise destined for the Caribbean is certainly ideal. Before confirming your reservations however, start making a difference environmentally by considering a “green” hotel where you can enjoy the rays of the island sun and still make a positive effort to preserve the earth. The Caribbean’s crystalline waters, white sand beaches, and sea life are unfortunately highly vulnerable to the pollution and ill effects of global warming. If travelers want to continue enjoying these naturally picturesque perks, there are hotels and resorts that are members of environmentally responsible associations like the Caribbean Alliance of Sustainable Tourism (CAST) geared towards earth preservation. For instance, Aruba’s Bucuti Beach Resort has won various awards for their meticulous efforts to be as “green” as possible. From using solar heated water for laundry and organic cleaning products to conducting seminars to educate guests and staff on how to save the environment, Bucuti is one of the top choices for the earthconscious traveler. Note that this 4-star, European-style resort still provides numerous amenities to pamper their guests and takes the word “vacation” seriously with a “no children” policy, gourmet island fare, impeccable service and 14 private acres of paradise overall.

Visit the Web sites for both CAST ((www. and the Bucuti Resort ( (www. to help you make an environmentally friendly decision to help preserve the exotic white sands and island life you yearn to escape to.

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fashion: for men The Penny Squeeze: How to save money and look good doing it. By Stan S. Mukoro

Dressing to impress without straining your wallet can be easily achieved. Striving to afford better quality is not unusual because some pieces are truly worth the investment. Getting the maximum its certainly key for the minimum when it comes to your wardrobe budget. Here’s my guide on how to dress like you can afford more, for less. End of season means unbelievable deals. “Getting down to brass tacks” best describes my mission. Discounts by as much as 70-80 percent with additional spiffs are offered on suits and blazers. Eponymous boutiques like Sid Masburn and Guffey’s, and specialty retailers like Neiman Marcus are definitely ones to watch. Purchasing a great, flat front pant in neutral colors from Ralph Lauren or Banana Republic is another great way to save money. Selecting this fashion classic in a year-round fabric means no worries if there is an untimely season change. 28 | connect atlanta

A man’s shoes say a lot about him. Stick to classic yet stylish footwear. Cole Haan and Kenneth Cole are mainstays offering quality craftsmanship without the sticker shock. Finding the right style doesn’t have to mean making concessions in the shoe department. The image of success is incomplete without a fine necktie. The menswear sale at Last Call Neiman Marcus affords even the most frugal gentleman an opportunity to make an impressive showing. Simply put, budget-conscious shopping is just smart. Being stylish is all about mixing trendy, timely, new and clearance all in one. You will be surprised what you find when you think “inside of the bargain box.” So poke your chest out and proceed to the discounted items section with pride. © ©2009 MUKORO|BESPOKE, LLC – Stan “The Eye of Style” Mukoro is a style mentor living in Atlanta, Georgia. If you would like to contact him, please email

fashion: for women Ring in the holiday season with the perfect look By Mary Welch Want the look for this fall and holiday season? Want to be the “It girl”? Well, the key is individuality because there is no one right look. These days, the right look is how you put it together. Mix and match. Add your flair. If you like it, then it’s right. Invest in items that will bring your look from great to sizzling. Here are a few cost-effective tips for the winter months: • Leather is a must-have in any woman’s wardrobe. Whether it’s a jacket, vest, dress or leggings, leather has versatile staying power to go miles in any wardrobe. • Sometimes, you don’t have to be real. Try fake...fake fur that is. Glam up your look with a faux fur vest, coat or stole. Go for a trendy color or different textures to spice it up. • Shoes are every woman’s best friend and there are a variety of styles to choose from. Terra Plana, a conscious new company, uses ecofriendly materials to create shoes that are good for you and look like no other. Boots are also in, and over-theknee and chic bondage ankle boots are commanding the clubs and the men’s attention.

• This also is the year for plaids, and whether you want to rock the lumberjack thing or go for a tartan plaid, mixing and matching makes it a whole new game. • Of course there are times to go soft and feminine, so it’s time for the draped dress. This flattering style makes styling so easy. Look for colorful draping in jersey dresses and tops in vibrant hues like amethyst, emerald, sapphire and ruby. • If you want to be super trendy, get on the vampire kick over at Nordstrom’s where they have a Twilight Sage: New Moon fashion-focused apparel collection that includes T-shirts, tanks, hoodies, dresses and jackets that reflect the mood and spirit of the film. There’s also the collection of silver and gold-plated fashion jewelry created by N.E.C.A. that includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings and key chains to compliment this new, hip look as well. All in all, take a little from your wardrobe, go out and shop smartly with an open mind, add a few pieces and make this upcoming winter season your best in style. For more fashion tips, visit connect atlanta | 29


Connect to the Arts

Connect continues to be an avid supporter of the arts and culture scene Atlanta, which we find is both underrated and underappreciated. So in the pages of the Connect print edition, online, in a weekly newsletter and Twitter, we promise to consistently deliver articles and invaluable information on dance, film, literary events, music, theatre, visual arts, gallery openings, events, education, workshops and community events happening throughout Georgia’s capital. So as long as Atlanta continues to diversify its communities with people from all over the world, Connect will be there to cover everything from the National Black Arts Festival to the Jewish Film Festival so that you will realize firsthand how much artistry your great city has to offer. Top 10 things to do in the Arts 1. Decatur Organic Farmers Market Bank of America Parking Lot (Downtown Decatur) Every Wednesday 3pm-6pm Tickets: Free Purchase locally grown flowers, plus organic and sustainable food products such as bread, jam and sauces.

community figure drawing classes, group art stations, open turntables for DJs and dinner. It’s truly a unique visual art experience!

2. Urban Film Review Woodruff Arts Center Monthly 4th Mondays Tickets: Free Film series featuring works by independent filmmakers worldwide.

7. Open Improv Eyedrum First Thursdays Tickets: Free A fine evening of vocal and instrumental performers who share the stage for a completely improvised set.

3. Martini & Imax Fernbank Museum of Natural History-Imax Theatre Fridays Through November 27 Tickets: $15 Enjoy cocktails, films, live music and creative cuisine beneath the world’s largest dinosaurs 4. Green Market Piedmont Park Saturdays through December 26 Tickets: Free Market featuring a variety fresh, locally grown produce, fresh cut flowers, natural merchandise, jewelry, homemade pastas and sauces, and even treats for pets. 5. Art Mondays Apache Café Through 12/28/09 Tickets: $5-$10 This popular evening includes exhibitions by emerging painters, fine artists and photographers, along with

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6. Emory Cinamtheque Film Series Emory Univeristy’s White Hall Now through 12/2/2009 Tickets: Free

8. Dinner and a Diva Series Petite Auberge Third Thursdays Tickets: $55 Capitol City Opera brings you a monthly dose of opera with this innovative series at local restaurants. Each month’s show is different and admission includes hors d’oeuvres a three-course meal, two glasses of wine, tax and gratuity. 9. Saturday Spark Arts Clayton Gallery Third Saturdays Tickets: $5 Stop by for an art project or experience related to the monthly exhibition theme. 10. Holiday Art Sale Arts for All Gallery Monday-Friday Tickets: Free Purchase handcrafted gift items at affordable prices. Includes work by dozens of area artists with and without disabilities. Proceeds from the sale benefit the participating artists and VSA Arts of Georgia

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